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"caterpillar" in British English

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caterpillarnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pɪl.ər/  us   /ˈkæt̬.ɚ.pɪl.ɚ/
a ​small, ​longanimal with many ​legs that ​feeds on the ​leaves of ​plants, and ​develops into a ​butterfly or ​moth
(Definition of caterpillar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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caterpillarnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæt̬·əˌpɪl·ər, ˈkæt̬·ər-/
a ​smallanimal with a ​narrowbody and many ​legs, and which ​feeds on the ​leaves of ​plants and ​laterdevelops into a ​butterfly or ​moth (= ​flyinginsect)
(Definition of caterpillar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “caterpillar”
in Korean 애벌레…
in Arabic دُّوْدة يَرَقِيّة…
in Malaysian ulat bulu…
in French chenille…
in Russian гусеница…
in Chinese (Traditional) 毛蟲,蠋(蝴蝶或飛蛾的幼蟲)…
in Italian bruco…
in Turkish tırtıl…
in Polish gąsienica…
in Spanish oruga…
in Vietnamese sâu bướm…
in Portuguese lagarta…
in Thai หนอนผีเสื้อ…
in German die Raupe…
in Catalan eruga…
in Japanese イモムシ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 毛虫,蠋(蝴蝶或飞蛾的幼虫)…
in Indonesian ulat…
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